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Our son Ryan was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma in 2004. In 2007, my wife Missy was diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer. On July 8th, 2009, Missy lost her battle to this horrible disease. 2 days later, on July 10th, Ryan also lost his. Together forever, they both watch over our family now from the heavens above. Below is our families journey through Ryan's treatments, along with the joy and laughter we tried to instill into our daily lives. Those days helped us all cope with the pain and suffering that comes with cancer and it's deadly treatments. Both Missy and Ryan endured high doses of chemo, radiation and surgeries. Over 150 nights spent in the hospital and many, many more days. More transfusions than I could count. Yet both Missy and Ryan took on each day with a positive attitude and warm smile for all their friends. We miss them terribly. They will always be a shining light in our lives.

Friday, November 06, 2009


Home Coming, Halloween & Happy Memories

As time presses on, so are we. The kids and I stay extremely busy. They have been such a blessing to me it's hard to describe. The love we had for Missy and Ryan has never left our minds, nor will it ever. The transition into our new lives has been one of great memories, relived day after day mostly while sitting at the dinner table or watching our favorite shows. We know and can feel them watching over us. Cheering us on. Moving us forward. It is a good, warm, loving feeling. It makes me smile. I pray I can continue to lift up Heidi and Will and never let them down. That is of the up most importance to me.

Heidi looked as beautiful as ever for Home Coming. Her only wish was for more student input for song selection!!!! Things don't change because I can remember the exact same feeling at our dances, Ha !!

We stopped by our usual Halloween haunt, Missy's brother Walt's house. They get hundreds of little trick or treaters each year. Walt and Sarah put on a great party, very fun. Heidi had her own later with scary movies.
We have just two more weekends of soccer then it's finally over. You always look forward to both the start of the season and THE END !! This also means the beginning of Basketball season for Will. Ugh...
We are really excited to be going back to Vancouver Island for Christmas. Love skiing, roasting oysters on an open fire, cracking a Miller or two with old, but dear friends. Can't wait !!
I have managed to get out a couple times, with plans for a couple more. Lots of fun stuff to do !! We have also booked a cruise over the kids spring break. It's a long time away but still something to look forward to.
Thank you to all our friends for keeping us in your thoughts, its a comforting feeling. Les, Heidi and Will

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